Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wine Of The Week: Les Deux Rives Corbieres Rosé

We served this wine from Southern France with appetizers and fresh fruit at a recent Memorial Day gathering. Rosé has gained back a new popularity, so guests were eager to try it. The beautiful color of this wine is attractive and caught the eye of most. I am, however, just not a fan of a Syrah blend. Still, not a bad choice for a summer evening get-together with friends. The consensus: fruity, dry with an interesting herbal note but not a big crowd favorite.

The vast vineyard of Corbières stretches along the beautiful Mediterranean Coast of France, from the ancient Roman Capitol of Narbonne to the Pyrenees Mountains. Les Deux Rives is a blend of wines from the best vineyards of the Val d'Orbieu, the most acclaimed wine company in the Languedoc region of France. The name, Les Deux Rives, refers to the twin banks of the Canal du Midi built in 1600 by Louis XIV to help develop the economy of southern France.

The Carignan and Mourvèdre are hand harvested for carbonic maceration and mechanical harvest for the Syrah and Grenache (to crush grapes in a traditional method). The harvest is done in optimum ripeness the goal is to find the perfect phenolic maturity, and the best balance between colors, tannins, aromas, sugar and acidity). All grapes are vinified separately, and blending is done after the malolactic fermentation. Maturation in tank.

Ruby color, with violet shade. Intense nose, fresh red fruits on first part, then black fruits at the ventilation with light liquorice aromas. Fresh mouth, round and fond of red fruits. Good volume, silky tannins beautiful textures and length on cassis and cherry notes.

Finished Alcohol: 12.5%
Residual Sugar : Dry
Grape Varieties: Grenache 40%, Syrah 30%, Mourvèdre20% & Carignan 10%
Yield : 45 hl/ha

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